QuickRead: Competency framework for governance

We summarise the key features of the competency framework for governance in just one page. Download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with your board.

Last reviewed on 31 May 2024
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The competency framework for governance sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance in maintained schools and academies.

It's divided into 2 parts:

1. Principles and personal attributes 

To make an active contribution to effective governance, everyone on the board should:

  • Conduct themselves in line with the Nolan principles of public life
  • Be mindful of their responsibilities under equality legislation and encourage diversity and inclusion
  • Understand the impact of effective governance on the quality of education and on outcomes for all children and young people

Everyone involved in governance should also be the 7 Cs: committed, confident, curious, challenging, collaborative, critical and creative.

2. Knowledge and skills 

There are 6 core features of effective governance:

This part of the guidance outlines which skills are needed by everyone on the board and the specific skills required of the chair. There are also some specialised areas that only require 1 or

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